The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Dundee United travelled to Cappielow on the last day of the Scottish Championship season with their end of season position still uncertain. Occupying third position at the start of the day, one point behind Falkirk, left second place very much in Falkirk’s hands but should they drop points in their final league match at Dumbarton, United could finish the season in second spot and therefore progress straight to the Premiership Play-off Semi Final. For this crucial game, Ray McKinnon made one enforced change to his starting eleven from the 2-2 draw at home to Dumbarton last time out, with Ali Coote replacing the suspended Simon Murray. William Edjenguélé missed out once again, serving the second match of his two game suspension, with Coll Donaldson retaining his place in the centre of defence.Early exchanges were even as both teams attempted to keep the ball on the deck. The splash of tangerine from the United end added colour to the occasion, with the Arabs going through their full repertoire in the sun. United were looking the more likely and won a series of corners which almost led to the opening goal when Durnan headed goal-ward and Donaldson’s flick was well saved by Halliwell from point blank range. United continued to press, with first Kuate’s shot saved, then Andreu shooting narrowly wide. Morton’s first and only first half shot on goal came after 22 minutes as United turned attack in to defence following a slack ball from Flood. Oyenuga’s resultant shot was easily saved by Bell. United almost took the lead on 27 mins. A flowing move led to a Mikkelsen flying header narrowly passing the far post, then the big forward curled a shot which Halliwell touched onto the post for a corner. United again hit the woodwork on 38 mins, when a powerful drive from Andreu cracked off the Morton bar. United continued to press until halftime, with efforts from Andreu and Coote, but the opening goal eluded a dominant United as the half time whistle blew.After a low key start to the second half, Morton scored on 58 minutes with their first meaningful move. A cross from the left was met by Kudus Oyenuga, whose delicate header beat Bell at the far post. United hit the woodwork for a third time on the hour mark when a Spittal cross was met by Andreu, but his header shaved the outside of the post. United’s equaliser came on 62 minutes when this time Andreu played in Blair Spittal who turned and shot from 10 yards, steering it away from keeper Halliwell. United were back on the front foot and another flying header from Mikkelsen went narrowly wide. Next a sublime pass from Andreu played in Mikkelsen, but was narrowly offside when through on goal. With 14 mins remaining United almost took the lead with a darting run by Spittal resulting in another good block by Halliwell. Kuate who had been riding his luck with the referee finally saw yellow after a foul on Oyenuga. He was replaced a minute later by Scott Allardice. Morton almost snatched victory in the 88th minute when Nesbitt’s shot was touched onto the post by Bell. As full time approached, United had a period of pressure and half chances before the referee blew for full time with honours even in. The two teams will now meet again a further twice in the Championship play-offs.Match report written by Stuart Norris
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